Liverpool branded 'opportunists' over Heinze
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled Liverpool 'opportunists' over their bid for Gabriel Heinze.
Liverpool are thought to have bid around £7million for United's Argentina defender - meeting a valuation agreed by letter between player and club - but Ferguson has refused to do business with rival boss Rafael Benitez.
The prospect of legal action remains in the air as the Spaniard seeks to push the deal through but Ferguson is in no doubt that, as a contracted United player, Heinze will be going nowhere without the his say so.
He told the Daily Mail: 'He's our player, that's the important thing.
'He's not Liverpool's player, despite them going on like he's their player. He's got two years left on his contract, if he completes his contract and then leaves at the end of it, that's fine by us. We'll have had five good years out of him.'
Referring the Reds' surprise move for the defender - only Phil Chisnall has moved from Old Trafford to Anfield in modern times - Ferguson insisted that agents could be responsible.
'Liverpool are opportunists, like the rest of them. The agent has obviously presented them with a situation and they've looked at it.
'If an agent came to me with a letter saying (Steven) Gerrard was available for a certain fee, I would do the same.
'I think the role of the agent is very, very doubtful here. There's no question about that,' he added.
'David (Gill, chief executive) and I have had countless meetings with these people. But they are just impossible.'
Meanwhile, the 65-year-old also conceded he had been interested in signing Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, who swapped Atletico Madrid for Merseyside in £20m move this summer.
'Torres is athletic, he's brave enough and he'll run the channels for them, which he did well in Madrid.
'He's good in the air and has got a physique. He's quicker than you think.
'Over the past few years there has been some interest for us in Torres, but every time he signed a new contract.
'Sometimes you get fed up with that kind of thing.'